Kansas Offensive Coordinator Rob Likens "Disappointed" To Be Stripped Of Play-Calling Duties

Kansas Jayhawks head football coach David Beaty stripped offensive coordinator Rob Likens of playcalling duties earlier in spring training, and Likens addressed the situation for the first time publicly following Wednesday's practice.

“When you have this vision in your mind, yeah, you’re going to get disappointed when it changes on you,” Liken said, via the Topeka Capital-Journal. “However, you choose in life, man. You choose in life what kind of attitude you’re going to have. 

“Back before when I first found out, yeah, I had a couple of bad days, but when I would think about my love for [quarterback] Montell Cozart, my love for [offensive lineman] Larry Hughes and the kids, and what these guys have been through? Man, they deserve my very, very, very best.”

Beaty said the move had nothing to do with Likens, but rather with himself. Kansas ranked just 123rd in scoring (15.3 points per game) during their 0-12 campaign in 2015. Likens now has a "walk around" role, allowing him to spend time with every offensive position group during practice.

“I get to see, does the kid pout? Does he accept coaching?” Likens said. “There are times I walk over and say, ‘Hey man, you know coach is just trying to get you better, right?’ And so I can kind of take over that motivating role and leadership role, and that is what I really like to do in coaching. That’s been really cool.”

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